World View: Israeli Remarks on John Kerry Grow into International Incident
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Le scandale du jour: Who is France's 'First Lady' now?
- Israeli remarks about Kerry grow into international incident
- White House confirms, then denies, a secret Iran agreement
- Egypt to side with the Palestinian Authority / Fatah against Hamas
Le scandale du jour: Who is France's 'First Lady' now?
At a press conference Tuesday, France's president Francois Hollande
refused to "clarify" who his current girlfriend is, just a few weeks
before he and his partner are expected to make a state visit to the
United States on February 11.
Hollande lives in the Elysee palace
with his girlfriend, Valerie Trierweiler, who is considered the de
facto "first lady" of France and is expected to play that role in
state visits. However, Hollande has been spending nights with a new
girlfriend, actress Julie Gayet, amid rumors that Trierweiler is going
to have to find a new place to live.
When the affair became public on
Friday, Trierweiler checked into the hospital with a "severe case of
the blues." Her aides say that her stay is being extended because
"doctors believe she needs more rest."
When asked at Tuesday's press conference to clarify his relationship
with Trierweiler, Hollande said:
I understand your question. And I am sure you will
understand my answer. Everyone can go through hardships. That is
the case. But I have one principle. Private affairs are dealt
with in private, with due respect to all parties. Therefore this
is not the place to go into this.
He added that Trierweiler was "resting," and that he would clarify
the situation before the February 11 trip to the U.S.
The news of women trouble in France is inspiring the revival of some
previous rumors that Michelle Obama is fed up with her husband and
plans to divorce him. Voice of Russia speculates that they
"sleep in separate bedrooms," and points out that her husband returned
home alone from the family vacation in Hawaii. Telegraph (London) and Voice of Russia
Israeli remarks about Kerry grow into international incident
Washington is expressing outrage at comments by Israel's defense
minister calling U.S. Secretary of State obsessive and messianic.
Defense minister Moshe Ya'alon is quoted as saying in private
Abu Mazen (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) is
alive and well thanks to us. The moment we leave [the West Bank]
he is finished. In reality, there have been no negotiations
between us and the Palestinians for all these months – but rather
between us and the Americans. The only thing that can 'save us' is
for John Kerry to win a Nobel Prize and leave us in peace.
The American security plan presented to us is not worth the paper
it's written on. It contains no peace and no security. Only our
continued presence in [the West Bank] and the River Jordan will
ensure that Ben-Gurion Airport and Netanya don't become targets
for rockets from every direction. American Secretary of State John
Kerry, who turned up here determined and acting out of misplaced
obsession and messianic fervor, cannot teach me anything about the
conflict with the Palestinians.
U.S. State Department spokesman Marie Harf shot back:
If these comments are accurate, we find the remarks
of the defense minister to be offensive and inappropriate,
especially given all that the United States has done to support
Israel's security needs and will continue to do. Secretary Kerry
and his team, including Gen. [John] Allen, have been working day
and night to try to promote a secure peace for Israel because of
the secretary's deep concern for Israel's future.
Late news is that Ya'alon's office has issued an apology.
It's hard to know what to make of this situation. Kerry and
the Obama administration have been stumbling from one foreign
policy debacle to another for months. The Syria "red line"
debacle and the Afghanistan "peace process" debacle come most
readily to mind, but there are others. The Mideast "peace
plan" that Kerry is "obsessively" pushing is almost farcical
in its naïveté, which is the kind of thing that Ya'alon was
I constantly complain that politicians frequently lie and say really
dumb and dishonest things. Now you can see why. Any politician who
doesn't follow the party line, even if it's utter nonsense, risks an
international incident. The ideal politician is a stupid crook, and
we have many that meet that ideal. YNet and
White House confirms, then denies, a secret Iran agreement
Iran disclosed on Monday that there's a 30-page side agreement
that's a secret part of the nuclear agreement
between Iran and the West. The secret deal has not been
released. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday that the agreement would be released to Congress.
However, a State Dept. spokesman later denied that there was
a secret agreement.
Carney also commented on on a tweet by Iran's president Hassan
Our relationship w/ the world is based on Iranian
nation's interests. In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered
to Iranian nation's will. — Tweet: Hassan Rouhani
(@HassanRouhani) January 14, 2014
According to Carney, "It matters what they do, not what they say."
Apparently that bit of wisdom doesn't apply to remarks made in private
by Ya'alon in Israel. LA Times and Weekly Standard
Egypt to side with the Palestinian Authority / Fatah against Hamas
A bombing caused no casualties, but at least nine people in Egypt died Tuesday in violence related to a referendum on a new constitution,
with clashes reported in several provinces. The new constitution
forbids parties "formed on the basis of religion, gender, race or
The new constitution is targeting the Muslim Brotherhood, which was
the governing party for a year before the army ousted Brotherhood
leader Mohamed Morsi in a coup. The referendum is likely to win
approval, since the Brotherhood has announced that it will boycott the
The army has already declared the Brotherhood to be a "terrorist
organization," and now the army is going further by attempting to
eradicate Hamas, the governing authority of Gaza. Hamas was
originally formed in the early 1980s as an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim
Brotherhood. Egypt's army has accused Hamas not only of supporting
the Brotherhood in Egypt, but also of being behind several bloody
terrorist attacks in Egypt, which Hamas has denied.
Hamas is increasingly cooperating with Fatah and the Palestinian
Authority, the governing authority in the West Bank. Hamas and Fatah
have been split since the war between them in Gaza in 2008, which
forced Fatah to withdraw from Gaza completely. Egypt and Fatah are
hosting anti-Hamas activists. According to one Fatah official in
Al Ahram (Cairo) and Reuters
We support the movement and any peaceful movement
against the cruelty of the Islamist group that is part of the
terrorist Muslim Brotherhood organization.
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